The Stonewall Democrats under the leadership of its new executive director Jon Hoadley have come out smart and serious in the effort to pass a trans-inclusive ENDA. In the week since the drama around the Democratic House leadership's decision to remove gender identity and expression from the bill, Stonewall has played a key role in building LGBT community support an inclusive bill.
First came the letter which the group and eight other organizations signed speaking out against removal of the tran inclusive language from ENDA.
Then came the No Substitute online petition campaign which enabled LGBT Americans not connected to the activist scene to register their support for an inclusive bill.
Now Stonewall has moved swiftly to work with its thousands of members across the country to organize in-district meetings with members of Congress to shore up support among wavering Democrats for an inclusive ENDA.
From the Stonewall website:
Take Action Today on ENDA!
As you may know - Congress recently took a key step towards preserving the original Employment Non-Discrimination Act. We had expected the U.S. House Committee on Education & Labor to take action yesterday on the substitute bill. However, in response to our organizing efforts, the Democratic Leadership decided to postpone action until later this month. This is good news! We have (at best) two short weeks to continue to build our support for the original ENDA.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Over the next few days, we will be working with our Stonewall Democrats chapters to schedule in-district meetings with Democratic Members of the Committee on Education & Labor. Apart from meeting with our chapters, we are encouraging you to schedule your own in-district meeting with a Member if you live in their district.
In your meeting, encourage your Representative to:
a) Strongly support to the original ENDA which includes sexual orientation and gender identity.
b) Oppose moving forward any substitute bill that does not include gender identity.
We have included contact information for Committee Members below. Please note that the main district office is listed first.
We know that many of our members live in the districts of Committee Members. If you do, your in-district meeting will be crucial. And if you live outside of one of the following districts, we will be following up with you shortly.
Thanks so much,
National Stonewall Democrats
-- Encourage people to visit, and take action at, www.NoSubstitutes.org
This is the kind of smart action that we need right now to build support for LGBT legislation.
You can find contact information for the targeted members of the House here.
You can sign the No Substitute petition here.